Charles Mingus in New York, 1976 © Tom Marcello, via Wikimedia Commons
Mo, 19/09/2022, 20:00 Uhr

BigBand der Deutschen Oper Berlin spielt Charles Mingus' »Epitaph«

Musikfest Berlin 2022

The bass-playing genius and jazz composer Charles Mingus was a legend in his own lifetime. With his big band ensembles of the 1950s and 1960s, he revived an awareness of collective improvisation on stage that had not been experienced since the heyday of New Orleans jazz. In his magnum opus “Epitaph” he created a kind of musical history of jazz, which quoted and adapted the most varied lines of tradition and styles from gospel to Dixieland, to big band swing and bebop and on to free jazz. This monumental, two and a half-hour work for two big bands and additional orchestral elements is a key example of the “third stream” initiated by Gunther Schuller, which attempted to generate a new, genuinely American music by combining jazz with modern classical sounds. Accordingly, in “Epitaph” extended jazz improvisations repeatedly come up against precisely notated passages containing echoes of the music of Debussy, Ravel and Stravinsky. Musikfest Berlin will mark the occasion of Charles Mingus 100th anniversary with a performance of “Epitaph” – a work that was reconstructed ten years after Mingus’s death and only given its first performance by Gunther Schuller in 1989. In Berlin, this composition, which can only be produced with a considerable outlay in terms of performance and technical support, will be conducted by Titus Engel. It will be played by musicians from the Deutsche Oper Berlin BigBand, students from the Jazz-Institut Berlin and star guests, including the trumpeter Randy Brecker, who in the course of a long career also worked together with Charles Mingus himself.

  • Charles Mingus: »Epitaph« (1962/1989)

BigBand der Deutschen Oper

Randy Brecker, Trompete
und weitere Gäste
Titus Engel, Leitung

„Better Git It in Your Soul.” Treffender ließe es sich nicht formulieren wie in diesem Songtitel von Charles Mingus selbst. Anlässlich dessen 100. Geburtstages widmet die BigBand der Deutschen Oper Berlin ihm ein ganz besonderes Konzert.

  • Einführung: 19:10
  • Philharmonie
  • Herbert-von-Karajan-Str. 1, Berlin
  • Ticketpreis: 21 - 70
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